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From "Jeff Hodges (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Created: (AVRO-530) allow for mutual recursion in type definitions
Date Wed, 28 Apr 2010 07:32:33 GMT
allow for mutual recursion in type definitions
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                 Key: AVRO-530
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/AVRO-530
             Project: Avro
          Issue Type: Improvement
          Components: spec
    Affects Versions: 1.3.2
            Reporter: Jeff Hodges


Suppose you have these two types in your protocol:

{code}
{"name": "User", "type": "record", "fields": [{"name": "current_status", "type": "Status"}]}

{"name": "Status", "type": "record", "fields": [{"name": "author", "type": "User"}]}
{code}

This will raise an error! The current workaround is to define one of them at their first usage.
Like:

{code}
{"name": "User", "type": "record", "fields": [{"name": "current_status", "type": {"name":
"Status", "type": "record", "fields": [.. lots of fields ...]}]}
{code}

But this is incredibly unwieldy. It would be really nice for the spec to require all the parsers
to allow for mutual recursion, instead. It could be done by implementing a two-pass parser.
One pass to acquire names referenced, and a second to fill in those names with their appropriate
references.


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